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Before WatchmenThe same Or are they changed The very fact of his existence may have altered the nature of what will or will not be Collects BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #1 4 BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN #1 4 and BEFORE WATCHMEN MOLOCH #1 2. It's a lieI never even started thisjust had an epiphany that I've been forcing myself to read too many comics and graphic novels that are utter shit or boring or forgettable to the point where I'm barely enjoying anything at all any This just seemed like being a good place to cut my losses and just not bother

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MANHATTAN JMS teams with fan favorite artist Adam Hughes on the all powerful super man Dr Manhattan For Dr Manhattan past present and future are one and the same But as he observes the events of his life do they remain. And so end the Before Watchmen series There is no specific order that the books should be written in as they all roughly follow the same time frames with the exception of the Crimson Corsair however each story is filling in the gaps from the original Some are predictable than others While some you can figure out from reading the stories after all they are all intertwined to a greater or lesser degreeBut what of the two in this book okay its three technically These are the stories you would expect and knowing the world of the Watchmen probably feel the most familiar with As a result there are no real surprises here although the artwork is tight and the pace certainly enough to hold my interest I think they were right to stop the series where it did reading around the subject it would appear that originally there were plans for a lot For now I am happy to leave this world where it is and prepare for the TV series which is supposedly taking the story forward rather than further back

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READ Before Watchmen 109 ñ Discover what happened before WATCHMEN as writer J Michael Straczynski is joined by Andy Kubert and the legendary Joe Kubert to take flight with the gadget savvy vigilante known as Nite Owl And then in BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN JMS teams with fan favorite artist Adam Hughes on the all powerful super man Dr Manhattan For Dr Manhattan pasDiscover what happened before WATCHMEN as writer J Michael Straczynski is joined by Andy Kubert and the legendary Joe Kubert to take flight with the gadget savvy vigilante known as Nite Owl And then in BEFORE WATCHMEN DR. Before Watchmen hasn’t been a bad series at all Brian Azzarello’s ComedianRorschach is my pick for the best of the bunch but the OzymandiasCrimson Corsair and MinutemenSilk Spectre books have enough to recommend them too Which is why it’s a shame when it comes to two of the biggest Watchmen characters Nite Owl and Dr Manhattan J Michael Straczynski really drops the ball and produces the worst collection of the group Like all of the stories here Dan DreibergNite Owl’s origins are unpleasant opening with an abusive father beating his mother Dan is able to somehow track down the original Nite OwlHollis Mason’s hideout despite being on foot and Mason being in a car and becomes his apprentice Before the end of the first issue Dan is grown up is the new Nite Owl and teamed up with Rorschach in a scene from the original Watchmen The majority of Nite Owl’s story isn’t so much “before” Watchmen as it is set “during” Watchmen From there is a bland and utterly pointless journey as Nite Owl and Rorschach argue and Dan falls for an SM mistress who also moonlights as a scantily clad vigilante They foil a drug dealerhuman smuggler while Rorschach fights a generically evil preacher Absolute rubbish At least Nite Owl has a story though because Straczynski really doesn’t know what to do with Dr Manhattan He concocts some non story about Dr Manhattan discovering a timeline where he Jon Osterman DOESN’T become Dr Manhattan and this sort of threatens reality the universe or whatever There’s also a brief origin story of how he lost his mother because if there’s one thing Straczynski does well it’s miserable downer stories Dr Manhattan was one of the characters I was looking forward to reading about the most in Before Watchmen and his story was so so pointless as well as dreary and monotonous it ended up being the most disappointing Continuing the theme of utterly useless origin stories Straczynski goes for the hat trick with the two issue Moloch that minor villain character who briefly appeared in Watchmen His backstory is definitely the most grim filled with physical and emotional abuse violence drugs prostitution and finally terminal cancer This is why I never usually bother with Straczynski’s comics he embraces the dark side of life thinking it makes him an interesting storyteller but it always comes off as desperate and inane I can’t imagine there are many readers who haven’t read Watchmen prior to picking up the Before Watchmen series but Moloch’s mini series like Dr Manhattan’s gives away major plot points of the original book So even though it’s a preuel new readers would be better served reading the original Watchmen before this though Straczynski’s book is so crummy I wouldn’t recommend doing that anyway The only positives about this volume are the visuals as the various artists do some good work I’m no fan of Andy Kubert’s Damian Son of Batman turned me against him and didn’t think much of his work on Nite Owl even if there’s nothing especially bad about it And I guess that panel where Rorschach is holding “The End is Nigh” sign and walking through a burning church was a cool image Adam Hughes’ work on Dr Manhattan was trippy and interesting I especially liked how he inverted the panels when he switched perspective with another Watchmen character And Eduardo Risso produces some fine pages on Moloch I know Before Watchmen came off as a concept that reeked of cynical money grubbing because that’s what it was DC run a business deal with it but there were some decent comics to come out of it regardless of Watchmen fans’ contempt; however Straczynski’s issues were not among them I recommend Azzarello’s book over this one and lowering expectations when checking out the others Most readers won’t do this but I’d say skip the Nite OwlDr Manhattan volume it’s not just barely a preuel that does nothing to illuminate the characters any further but it’s also a miserable and wholly unnecessary read